FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2002
PRODUCT: Infant Sterling Teething Ring - Reed & Barton Corp., of Taunton, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 200 Powerscourt Sterling Teething Rings, model #WX201. The model number is located on a label on the outside of the gift box, along with "Waterford Fine Silver Gifts." The silver teething ring is about 2.5 inches in diameter, and made of two halves that are soldered together at a sterling silver decorative disc. The teething ring is sold as a keepsake, but also could be used as a teething ring. Waterford® Sterling is embossed on the bottom of the teething ring. Department stores, jewelry stores and gift shops sold these teething rings from March 13, 2001 through October 25, 2001 for about $100.
PROBLEM: The area where the teething ring is soldered together contains flux, which can irritate the skin or mouths of young children.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: CPSC and Reed & Barton have not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of health problems related to the handling and ingestion of the flux.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should take these teething rings away from children immediately and return the rings to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information call Reed & Barton at (800) 822-1824 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's web site at www.reedandbarton.com (note added 01/18/2005 - recall information is no longer on the firm's web site).
Known purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.
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